Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In Memory

Today is Tuesday, 31 August 2010.

On this date in 1939, on this evening, at the moments, UTC, that I compose this column, commandos of the SS, disguised in Polish Army uniforms, staged attacks on some two dozen German sites along the Polish-German Border. The most well-known is the attack on the radio station at Gleiwitz, in Upper Silesia, which commandos briefly seized, and from which they broadcast a fake anti-German message. The SS then left behind the corpses of concentration camp inmates, dressed in Polish Army uniforms.

These attacks served the Hitler regime as pretext for the German invasion of Poland on the next day, beginning the Second European Great War, and giving birth to a deluge of sorrows such as the world had not yet known.

“History has the shape of tears”.


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